May 4, 2006
in the News
Here is a sampling
of links and notes about Carolina people and programs cited recently
in the media:
PCs are source of infection
The Economic Times (Gurgaon, Haryana)
Computer keyboards used in hospitals are a reservoir for bacteria
that staff could pass to patients and need to be disinfected every day,
a new study warns. ... William A. Rutala at the University of
North Carolina Health Care System and other researchers said
every keyboard tested positive for coagulase-negative staphylococci,
a major cause of bloodstream infection in hospitalized patients.
Related Links: http://www.healthscout.com/news/1/532334/main.html
UNC Health Care Release: http://www.unchealthcare.org/site/newsroom/news/2006/Apr/keyboards
Soon to Breathe Easy?
New York Times
doctors hail it as a major breakthrough that offers hope to many of
the nation's 37 million sinusitis sufferers. A new procedure opens the
sinuses without invasive surgery, allowing patients to breathe easier
and resume normal activity within a day. ... "We're all trying
to figure out where this fits in the weaponry," said Dr.
Brent A. Senior, a specialist at the University of North Carolina Medical
Procedure on Trial for Aging Hips
"Morning Edition," National Public Radio
manufacturers are hoping to win regulatory approval of hip-resurfacing
technology. The procedure is promoted as a less-invasive alternative
to total hip replacement. It's approved for use in Britain. Now, a few
dozen surgeons in the United States are offering resurfacing as part
of an investigational trial. ... "There's no good long-term follow-up
on the current generation of metal-to-metal resurfacing," says
Dr. Paul Lachiewicz, of the University of North Carolina, Chapel
and Business Alignment: ExxonMobil's Well-Oiled Machine
Baseline magazine (New York)
oil prices are driving the nation's big oil companies to record profits.
And ExxonMobil stands out in the industry. By investing in proprietary
systems and ensuring that technology is tightly aligned with its top
goals of finding more oil and gas and generating more profits from operations,
Exxon consistently outperforms its peers. ... "They are at the
absolute end of the scale in terms of being an organization that understands
their business goals and the role that technology plays in helping them
achieve those goals," says Prof. Arvind Malhotra, a technology
alignment specialist with the University of North Carolina's Kenan-Flagler
Post and Courier (Charleston, S.C.)
As the school year comes to a close, 'tis the season for proms,
graduations, last flings and parties. ... "Adolescents who spend
a lot of time watching TV or playing computer video games tend to be
at higher risk for engaging in all of these risky behaviors," says
study co-author Penny Gordon-Larsen, assistant professor of
nutrition at UNC and a fellow at the Carolina Population Center.
State & Local Coverage
AP tests, less time to learn
The Charlotte Observer
Caitlin Baber could save hundreds of dollars in UNC Chapel Hill
tuition if she earns high marks on her three Advanced Placement exams
say s'long to sugary sodas
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
Powerade outside Clayton Middle School on Wednesday, Kaitlyn Burghardt
hadn't given much thought to her choice of beverage. Anything would
do. ... "It makes it seem like they care about child obesity,"
said Barry Popkin, a professor of nutrition at the UNC School
of Public Health who has helped develop guidelines for healthy
drinking. Popkin said that drinks are as responsible as food for childhood
obesity -- and that most of those drinks are not consumed at school.
expects caucus to shift after Morgan's loss
The Fayetteville Observer
in the state House of Representatives will be a more disciplined and
conservative caucus after moderate Speaker Pro Tem Richard Morgan’s
Tuesday primary loss, party officials and observers said. ... Without
Morgan’s powerful voice, remaining moderates in the House might
be reluctant to make compromises or deals with Democrats, said Thad
Beyle, a political scientist at the University of North Carolina at
Campaign Works To Combat Underage Tobacco Sales
North Carolina is raising the red flag on illegal tobacco sales.
Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue rolled out a new campaign Wednesday at the American
Tobacco Complex in Durham. ... Now in its second year, the campaign
will continue to target districts that have some of the highest rates
of tobacco sales to minors based on research conducted by the UNC-Chapel
Hill School of Public Health.
prepare for possible pandemic
President Bush's homeland security adviser says the government
will take immediate action to prevent or slow any bird flu outbreak.
... UNC system schools will meet in Raleigh on June
7 to work on fine-tuning ideas into plausible actions in case of the
Related Links: http://rdu.news14.com/content/headlines/?ArID=84077&SecID=2
help keep Carrboro tax rate steady
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
Carrboro's property tax rate would hold steady under a recommended
budget presented to the Board of Aldermen on Wednesday. ... About 6
percent of the budget, a little more than $1 million, is designated
to continue free bus service offered in cooperation with Chapel Hill
and UNC-Chapel Hill.
B funds bring Qualyst's total to $5.5M
The Triangle Business Journal
Raleigh company that develops products for pharmaceutical and biotech
researchers, said Wednesday it has closed its series B preferred stock
offering. ... Qualyst was founded in 2001 by researchers at the University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill based on research discoveries
at the school.
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